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Leo Kottke — World Turning
Album: Standing In My Shoes
Avg rating:
7.4

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Total ratings: 1895









Released: 1997
Length: 3:43
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Everybody's trying to say I'm wrong
I just wanna be back where I belong

World turning
I gotta get my feet back on the ground
World turning
Everybody's got me down

Maybe I'm wrong but who's to say what's right
I need somebody to help me through the night

World turning
I gotta get my feet back on the ground
World turning
Everybody's got me down

Everybody's trying to say I'm wrong
I just wanna be back where I belong

World turning
I gotta get my feet back on the ground
World turning
Everybody's got me down

World turning
World turning
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 justin4kick wrote:

Hey, don't be too harsh on me. To put things in perspective: I come from the same country as Louis Van Gaal. English is not our native language. But at least we try to speak it and like to make a joke every now and then. The one you so carefully analysed wasn't that bad, was it? 

But no hard feelings. And as one of our dear fellow listeners would end: I hope life is grand for you right this moment Stephen_Phillips 
 
I'm English and your comment was perfectly understood, and in impeccable English too - second language English speakers always do it better than us!.  Don't mind Paddy... 
 CaffeineSam wrote:
The percussions get a bit annoying at times. No wonder the ancient Eastern people were so violent.
 
Does this explain why Americans are so violent?

 RedGuitar wrote:

I think the original comparison was "geese farts on a muggy day."

  
I love his manly voice....
 cosmicjoe wrote:
Love his music! Even if he does sound like "A goose fart in a snow storm."

 
I think the original comparison was "geese farts on a muggy day."
 Proclivities wrote:
Eastern people?  Like from Labrador and Newfoundland?
 
Hey, what about Delaware?
 elgreenie1 wrote:
I actually prefer Leo's version.  I think part of the reason is just being over-exposed to Fleetwood Mac's version.

 
yeah, I think you are correct, I like this
Just 'orrible. 2>1
 CaffeineSam wrote:
The percussions get a bit annoying at times. No wonder the ancient Eastern people were so violent.
 
Eastern people?  Like from Labrador and Newfoundland?
I actually prefer Leo's version.  I think part of the reason is just being over-exposed to Fleetwood Mac's version.
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Make it stop!

 
You try what he's doing on the guitar! This man is a genius. Ok, he can't sing so well ...
I prefer Fleetwood Mac's version...
Make it stop!
 CaffeineSam wrote:
The percussions get a bit annoying at times. No wonder the ancient Eastern people were so violent.
 
Yeah, all of them! And it's how they got those flat, smooth palms, too, good for making pottery. It's all making sense now.
 justin4kick wrote:

Bruce Co-burn (that's how you seem to pronounce it) would't burn his fingers on this one, let alone his co

 
Heh. _I_ got it.
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:

What he means is, in a crypic way, that Bruce Cockburn is a better guitarist and would not bother hurting his fingers playing this song as it is not technically challenging enough.  Also the play on words where Cockburn is correctly pronounced Co-Burn he says he would not "Burn" his "Cock" either.  Justin4kick is being rather too obscure or his grasp of English is not as good as he thinks it is. Anyway it is all too contrived to be funny.

 
Hey, don't be too harsh on me. To put things in perspective: I come from the same country as Louis Van Gaal. English is not our native language. But at least we try to speak it and like to make a joke every now and then. The one you so carefully analysed wasn't that bad, was it? 

But no hard feelings. And as one of our dear fellow listeners would end: I hope life is grand for you right this moment Stephen_Phillips 
 justin4kick wrote:

Bruce Co-burn (that's how you seem to pronounce it) would't burn his fingers on this one, let alone his co

 
What he means is, in a crypic way, that Bruce Cockburn is a better guitarist and would not bother hurting his fingers playing this song as it is not technically challenging enough.  Also the play on words where Cockburn is correctly pronounced Co-Burn he says he would not "Burn" his "Cock" either.  Justin4kick is being rather too obscure or his grasp of English is not as good as he thinks it is. Anyway it is all too contrived to be funny.
 justin4kick wrote:

Bruce Co-burn (that's how you seem to pronounce it) would't burn his fingers on this one, let alone his co

 
don't know what this means?
saw him last year in a small bar in Annapolis and he was just the same.....awesome  {#Bananajam}guitarist.... and I love his voice! 
 Bridieboo wrote:
Great job on this song.  I thought it was Bruce Cockburn.

 
Bruce Co-burn (that's how you seem to pronounce it) would't burn his fingers on this one, let alone his co
 Hey_Porter wrote:
I remember young Leo being profiled in People magazine of all things back in the 70's.  Twenty five years later my infant daughter and I listened to this album every night.  Twenty years later, Leo pops up on Radio Paradise!

 


I remember young Leo being profiled in People magazine of all things back in the 70's.  Twenty five years later my infant daughter and I listened to this album every night.  Twenty years later, Leo pops up on Radio Paradise!
 CaffeineSam wrote:
The percussions get a bit annoying at times. No wonder the ancient Eastern people were so violent.
 
WTF?
Didn't like the original, this one even less.
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Way back in the early 70s I was working for a concert venue as a stage hand (schlepping things around) and occasioinal "minder" for visiting acts. Leo came to town and I offered to walk him downtown to lunch. We passed a park where an old aircraft had been parked for kids to climb on and he was totally amazed. We spent the better part of an hour screwing around that old airplane and chatting. I liked him a lot.

I was able to see him recently and amazingly enough was able to exchange a few words with him after the show. I mentioned the old airplane in the park and he excitedly said: "I remember that! We had a great time!" He chatted for a few more minutes and said "You don't look a day older!" and all I could say was "Thanks, and you still play like a man in his 20s."

Truly nice guy. 

 
Very cool story.
 CaffeineSam wrote:
The percussions get a bit annoying at times. No wonder the ancient Eastern people were so violent.
 
Yeah.  THAT's why!  
Excellent segue!
Way back in the early 70s I was working for a concert venue as a stage hand (schlepping things around) and occasioinal "minder" for visiting acts. Leo came to town and I offered to walk him downtown to lunch. We passed a park where an old aircraft had been parked for kids to climb on and he was totally amazed. We spent the better part of an hour screwing around that old airplane and chatting. I liked him a lot.

I was able to see him recently and amazingly enough was able to exchange a few words with him after the show. I mentioned the old airplane in the park and he excitedly said: "I remember that! We had a great time!" He chatted for a few more minutes and said "You don't look a day older!" and all I could say was "Thanks, and you still play like a man in his 20s."

Truly nice guy. 
The percussions get a bit annoying at times. No wonder the ancient Eastern people were so violent.
 BillG wrote:

Nope. All hand-crafted. I've always intended to add song keys to our database to help me find good segues, but I'm still doing it 100% by ear.

 
You've got a good ear. I just bumped this from an 8 to a 9. 
Love his music! Even if he does sound like "A goose fart in a snow storm."
 old_shep wrote:
Nice seg from Thievery Corp.  All in same key (G) at same tempo.  I'm going to guess this is computerized, but I'd like to think not.

 
Nope. All hand-crafted. I've always intended to add song keys to our database to help me find good segues, but I'm still doing it 100% by ear.
why does this man not age? is the fountain of yyouth in the fingers? i mean i listeneed to him when i was 17 freakin years old. he does not even get tired!
Nice seg from Thievery Corp.  All in same key (G) at same tempo.  I'm going to guess this is computerized, but I'd like to think not.
Fantastic version!
überliked it :)
Dog balancing fruits and vegetables on his head


Just a snippet of "100 fruits and vegetables on a dog's head in 100 seconds" (with Dick Dale-like soundtrack): 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDJEyAVZM80 
 ladybinnath wrote:
This was filler on Fleetwood Mac, and it's filler here.

 
One band's filler is another band's gold - just ask Manfred Mann.
This cover meets and exceeds the original, IMVHO.

 

He was performing long ago... Saw him in Chicago one Summer's evening...

Always a great guitarist... I was wondering what had happened to him recently...

Thanks RP... the play schedule seems to be connected to my thought via ESP or something similar...

 


Excellent cover of a great song....
I like it!  Great instrumentation, obvious Mac DNA throughout.
Great way to start my Saturday!   Makes me happy{#Dancingbanana}
{#Sad} {#Sad} {#Sad} <----- 4?
{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}   8 >>>>>>>>>>> 9
Cover must be because he loves the song.
Nice version but Mac runs deep through this version. 
This was filler on Fleetwood Mac, and it's filler here.
Under the influence...  8 ==> 9
 me too Bridieboo wrote:
Great job on this song.  I thought it was Bruce Cockburn.

 


Great job on this song.  I thought it was Bruce Cockburn.
 MirageRF wrote:
Everyone at the Crab Shack loves this song!
 

You must have good people at your Crab Shack...  we be dancing here...  hope you are having a marvelous time right now...  love this cover...

NEVER thought that I would PSD to Leo. Awful.
Everyone at the Crab Shack loves this song!
 apd wrote:

so, what's the story with the new name, Romeo?
 

I have been saved!  Everybody in my church loves this groovy cover...
You're right.  Nothing can match the derivative drivel that Fleetwood Mac was singing at this point in the band's history.  ("That's, like, just your opinion, man."  Well, of course it is.)

Mr. Kottke infuses a sitar, bongos/congas, and (could it be true?) Christine McVie's background vocals to salvage it from utter banality.

(edit several months later):  Wikipedia says Kim Parent sings background vocals.  From Ms. Parent's website: "Kim Parent has backed up many of today’s biggest country stars with her strong sure vocals, being one of the most sought after vocalists in Nashville for some years now."
Kottke's a brilliant guitarist. But really ... what's the point of this? Just because you can? C'mon. Nothing matches 'Mac's original.
 Xing wrote:
Charming for the first minute. Then it becomes teeth-pulling. I wonder how you can stand this boring repetitiveness.
 
Lots of great rock and roll is repetititve in its rythyms, melodies and even lyrics.
 Xing wrote:
Charming for the first minute. Then it becomes teeth-pulling. I wonder how you can stand this boring repetitiveness.
 
Don't recall the FM version being all that...
 Xing wrote:
Charming for the first minute. Then it becomes teeth-pulling. I wonder how you can stand this boring repetitiveness.
 
Yup. Kottke is much better that this.
Leo Kottke—- must be the most underrated artist in past 50 yrs
9->10
Perfect.
wow some rendition this... the whole right from the start grabs you and refuses to let go.. a masterful track...
 (former member) wrote:


This cover puts a spring in my step this summer night...

 
 
so, what's the story with the new name, Romeo?
Outstanding!
 Xing wrote:
Charming for the first minute. Then it becomes teeth-pulling. I wonder how you can stand this boring repetitiveness.
 



..yah..
 robotbass wrote:

Who's everybody???{#Dance}
 
Everybody in my hotel room...  we love this cover...

 
Kottke always delivers
..meh..technical proficiency does not a soul make..
 romeotuma wrote:

Everybody in my hotel room loves this cover...


 
Who's everybody???{#Dance}
I think one of the acid tests for the question,"Is he any good as a guitarist?" is "Is he covered by Leo Kottke?" Kottke invariably chooses the most difficult—and sometimes deceptively so—guitar parts to cover. So, if Leo copped you, you're probably pretty good. Now, try to tell that to Lindsey Buckingham. {#Lol}
 lshinkawa wrote:
Give us Lindsey Buckingham, please! He does this song so much better!!
 

here ya go:


Give us Lindsey Buckingham, please! He does this song so much better!!


This cover puts a spring in my step this summer night...

 
yup, absolutely most excellent
most excellent
This is brilliant. I like this version over FM. Leo just kicks it! {#Cowboy}
 PopKombo wrote:

Maybe you just need new shocks. 
 
That is a shocking suggestion...  this cover puts a spring in my step this spring night...

 
Goiing to see him tonight. Rockport,MA
 romeotuma wrote:


This cover puts a spring in my step this spring day...

 
 
Maybe you just need new shocks. 


This cover puts a spring in my step this spring day...

 



This cover puts a spring in my step this spring night...

 
Yep....I saw leo 35 yrs ago....still kickn good.....great job on this song, too.

There's nothing wrong with this, but I think Fleetwood Mac's version is far superior. Their rhythm section kicks it into a higher gear.


lindsey buckingham does this so much better.
 



Everybody in my hotel room loves this cover...


Charming for the first minute. Then it becomes teeth-pulling. I wonder how you can stand this boring repetitiveness.
 linzie wrote:
Question:

Bill sez this was a Lindsay Buckingham tune; agreed he/they did a version, but wasn't it done/written by one of the original Macs, say Peter Green?

 

Peter Green wrote a song called "World Keeps Turning" when he was with Fleetwood Mac.  It's a totally different song - more of a straight blues number.

I love Leo and his 10 string, but still prefer Fleetwood Mac original.  Buckingham and McVie wrote this song, but I had it in my mind that it went back to Peter Green and Danny Kirwan days.
Forget the last comment...I was thinking of "Oh Well".........
Question:

Bill sez this was a Lindsay Buckingham tune; agreed he/they did a version, but wasn't it done/written by one of the original Macs, say Peter Green?

"KOTTKE MAKES ME NERVOUS, WHEN I HEAR HIM"
This guy has WAY too many fingers...

Just kidding, I've loved him since I was a kid.

{#Guitarist}


We be dancing...  love it...

 
 Cynaera wrote:
I really like Kottke's version of this song the more I hear it.  Still, I also love Christine McVie's vocals on the FM version.  Oh, heck - I just love this song, no matter WHO does it! {#Sunny}
 


The original is absolutely awesome...  but I really like Kottke's cover...  he doesn't try to do a copy of the original; he does his own version, which makes the cover sound very different and unique...  I really like the sound...

now, I have the original on the vinyl album, Fleetwood Mac, from 1975...


not my favorite from this album but I'll take any Kottke anytime you want to play it!
Leo is the best! - said Leo ;))
 rkhammer wrote:

Wasn't that what he said himself in the notes for his second or so album?  Leo always gets high points!

 

Yeah, I think it was on one of his early albums, but I didn't know it was a self-quote. I saw him about 10 years ago...amazing.
 d-don wrote:

A review once said Leo's voice was like "...a Canadian goose breaking wind." With guitar like that, it just doesn't matter. A strong 9.


 
Wasn't that what he said himself in the notes for his second or so album?  Leo always gets high points!

A review once said Leo's voice was like "...a Canadian goose breaking wind." With guitar like that, it just doesn't matter. A strong 9.


I really like Kottke's version of this song the more I hear it.  Still, I also love Christine McVie's vocals on the FM version.  Oh, heck - I just love this song, no matter WHO does it! {#Sunny}
This is grrrreat!


This is a cool cover... and this album is profound...

 
Don't let anyone get you down. Know in you're heart you're trying and doing the best you can. Be strong.
Yay!  Here's the Kottke I was longing for this morning.
At the same time Leo Kottke should keep his singing voice to himself hbs47 wrote:
Leo Kottke, musical magician.
Lindsey Buckingham would tie his fingers in knots trying to keep up with LK.

 


I didn't know Leo Kottke tried to sing again.

 bronorb wrote:


Lindsey Buckingham? She?
That dude's a man.

 

Only after the operation!
Lindsey was a "SHE" in the 60's!

You did not know....?


Professor Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Kottke - oooooh nooooo!

PLEEEEEEEEEEASE!

Chet Atkins & Leo Kottke - "Sleepwalk" Live (1988)

"If only music like this was enjoyed by many and not few, then I think the world would be a better place. Love Leo and Chet. Two of the greatest ever. "     PyroinHell 

"Thanks!! NPR is the only decent station left in Phoenix Az. Maybe that is partly to blame for why this state is such a joke. I got to play a custom limited edition Gretsch Chet Atkins 1956 reissue stereo waffle braced copied from only 1 Gretsch built for Mr. Atkins, What a genius in both playing and innovation in designing something so unique. Hes is sadly missed. RIP Chet, and thanks for telling me what venue this likely was. I appreciate that very much. "      Satchmoeddie 

 


Great, and Leo samples his own performance....because he is a MUSICIAN !
Nice version! {#Dancingbanana_2}
I'd never heard this version of "World Turning" before. It's different, but I love it for its uniqueness.  Solid 8. {#Sunny}
Awesome cover!  And great follow-up to "I Don't Want To Know" by FM.

You have well and truly redeemed yourself for subjecting me once AGAIN to Michael Franti's "Say Hey."  Thanks, Bill!
This song turned me on to Leo when this album came out.  I bought it and saw him perform live too — great show!  He is amazing.
Leo Kottke, musical magician.
Lindsey Buckingham would tie his fingers in knots trying to keep up with LK.

 mrdak wrote:

Yeah man.......... she's a he.... think before you post!

 
That's Christy he's referring to...think before you criticize!

I agree that this version is muscially a latteral move..not an improvement and vocally a drop.

 Zep wrote:
Maybe it's the Lindsey Buckingham expectation; she really nailed it.
 
Funniest thing I've read on these boards in awhile!

On the other hand................. Leo smokes Fleetwood Mac on this one.
 Zep wrote:
I love Leo Kottke.  Really, I do.

But this vocal arrangement does not fit this song well.  Maybe it's the Lindsey Buckingham expectation; she really nailed it. 

This cover seems tepid in comparison.
 
Yeah man.......... she's a he.... think before you post!